5 Oct 2004

NZ names new high commissioner to Tonga

10:21 am on 5 October 2004

The New Zealand foreign minister has named a career diplomat, Michael Mc Bryde, as the next high commissioner to Tonga.

Phil Goff says Mr McBryde has extensive experience in the Pacific, having previously been posted in Rarotonga and Apia.

Mr McBryde is currently the deputy director of the foreign ministry's environment division.

He will take up his position in December, replacing Warwick Hawker.